August 3, 2010

Reading Partners to Launch in DC with NewSchools Investment

Originally published in on 6/18/10

Innovative California Literacy Nonprofit to Serve Four DC Elementary Schools; More Planned

Reading Partners, an Oakland, Calif., based non-profit dedicated to empowering disadvantaged children through literacy, announced that it will expand to Washington, DC. NewSchools Venture Fund, a leading national education funder, will be anchoring the project through its DC Schools Fund.

Four DC elementary schools will participate in the first year of operations. Children reading below grade level at each school will receive focused literacy tutoring from trained community volunteers through an innovative model originally developed at Stanford University. The program currently serves 24 elementary schools throughout California.

“We were eager to support this initiative because of the opportunities it provides for our students,” says Juana Brown, Chief Academic Officer for Center City Public Charter Schools, which operates six schools in DC. “The depth and breadth of Reading Partners’ program will enhance our students’ reading skills as well as promote self-esteem.”

Since launching ten years ago in Silicon Valley, Reading Partners has helped thousands of children measurably narrow the achievement gap. Its innovative model of structured volunteer intervention boasts an 87 percent success rate in helping students catch up.

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